from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A vessel or dish designed for the poaching of food, such as eggs or fish.
- n. One who hunts or fishes illegally on the property of another.
- n. Any of various elongated marine fishes of the family Agonidae, chiefly of northern Pacific waters, having an external covering of bony plates.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who trespasses in order to take game illegally, one who poaches.
- n. A vessel with shallow cuplike compartments in which eggs are cooked over boiling water
- n. An attacker with good movement inside the penalty box, see Wikipedia:Goal poacher.
- n. Any of type of elongated fish in the Agonidae family, also known as alligatorfish, starsnout, hooknose and rockhead.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who poaches; one who kills or catches game or fish contrary to law.
- n. The American widgeon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who poaches; one who intrudes on the preserves of another for the purpose of stealing game; one who kills game unlawfully.
- n. The sea-poacher, a fish.
- n. The widgeon, Mareca americana: so called from its habit of seizing the food for which other ducks have dived.
- n. A contrivance for poaching eggs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who hunts or fishes illegally on the property of another
- n. a cooking vessel designed to poach food (such as fish or eggs)
- n. small slender fish (to 8 inches) with body covered by bony plates; chiefly of deeper northern Pacific waters
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I think a poacher is more likely to shoot a buck if he know's his taxidermist will mount it w/o a tag, so he's an accessory.
A poacher is a thief, pure and simple and I know absolutely no one who wishes to be around a thief.
I think Ontario Honker said it best: A poacher is a poacher.
A poacher is not going to follow the rules and report something unless it's a monster.
The poacher is the sealing schooner Mary Thomas, hunting the seal pack along the coast of Japan and north of the Bering Sea, running into a heavy fog, and unwittingly crossing the line "where the Russian bear kept guard" with 1,500 seal skins in salt piles in the hold.
The poacher is in the same category, but he is also stupid, because he is stealing from himself -- he is cutting off his own nose.
I would be spending 90% of my time calling the poacher hotline.
Once, the poacher was a man with big pockets in his raincoat sneaking on to an aristocrat's land to steal game for his family pot.
The moon had emerged again, and I could see that my poacher was a strong, burly fellow, with a rough, resolute face, who was surveying me as thoroughly as I surveyed him.
He is well known as a poacher in the village, it seems.